- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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MIKE HEDGES WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT THAT NEW DIGITAL MUSIC PLATFORM IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL PUPILS IN WALES.
Speaking from his Morriston office, Local Swansea East MS said… ‘music plays a huge positive part of our lives and it is marvellous news that this platform is live and available for all teachers and pupils from 27 October. I enjoyed Music in school as a child and my daughter is now a music teacher so I know what a big thing this is going to be for children all over Wales.
I would urge all parents to encourage their children to take up music at what ever age!’
Free digital platform is music to the ears of teachers and pupils
Charanga Cymru is a digital platform which is now available free of charge to all schools in Wales as a teaching and learning resource to support the National Plan for Music Education. The bilingual platform has been developed through partnership work between the Welsh Government, Charanga and the Welsh Local Government Association.
To help teachers become familiar with the new platform, a resource pack for six weeks of work will be provided initially for each of the progression steps in the Expressive Arts Area in the Curriculum for Wales. Children can enjoy singing, listening and responding, improvising, and creating new music. The resources offered will grow as we work with more Welsh artists and contributors.
The platform includes an extensive training and professional development plan for teachers and practitioners to ensure that they feel confident to use the platform to support the delivery of music tuition during classroom learning. The content includes videos and personalised teaching and learning features.
For the first time, this platform will be available free of charge to schools across Wales, thanks to Welsh Government funding. Normally, schools must pay a subscription fee to access Charanga – a service that is already widely used in schools across the UK.
All teachers in Wales will be able to register and access the platform from 27 October.
The launch of the platform supports the National Music Service for Wales in widening access to music tuition and education, ensuring more children and young people can benefit from opportunities to learn to play an instrument as well as singing and making music in our schools and communities.